What an amazing journey it has been. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of WISE Cleveland. Without the guidance and support from each of you (and yes, I am referring to the endless meetings, late-night phone calls and multiple glasses of wine) I would not have had the incredible experience I had as WISE Cleveland President. Before my term as President, Paula Grooms and I had met for lunch and she talked about the journey of creating the Cleveland Chapter and her sincere desire for it to continue to grow and how after ten years it was time for her to focus on other things in her life with her aging parents and new job. The only thoughts that ran through my head were there was NO WAY I could fill her shoes, this was a BIG responsibility!! But in Paula’s persuasive gentleness, I was convinced to give it a try.
Little did I know that my time would be full of meeting talented women like yourselves and being a part of the growth and development the organization has experienced over the past seven years. The WISE Cleveland Chapter has grown to over 150 members and incubation of multiple fundraising events in addition to our WISE Cleveland events that has helped us spread the brand and raise substantial dollars to support the WISE Cleveland Scholarship Fund. I couldn’t be more proud.
Although stepping down, my commitment and passion for WISE only continues. I am excited to continue my service to the women of our industry through serving on the WISE National Advisory Council. I look forward to representing Cleveland and all the wonderful things our chapter is accomplishing!
I wish the incoming WISE Cleveland President, Brooke Cuevas the absolute best and know that the solid foundation Paula Grooms started this chapter with will continue to be carried on for WISE Cleveland in years to come. So get your stylish shades out, ladies – the future is bright for #WISECLE and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
I leave you with this quote from Amy Poehler…”Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself”